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Good News for Kids! Maasdam’s youth facilities (spring 2006) have undergone a major expansion. Kids have always had it pretty good on Holland America but good just got a whole lot better. Here’s what’s available onboard:

Kids age 3 to 7 have much larger play areas with art tables, big-screen TV and games – all supervised by Club Hal (Holland America’s Youth Program) professionals. Kids age 8 – 12 now have their own separate area featuring arcade games, all sorts of board games, foosball, karaoke, Internet access, Sony PlayStations and Dance Dance Revolution (DDR – explain it to your parents). And parents can join in with more family participation options than ever.

Teens age 13 – 17 are maybe the biggest winners aboard. They’ve now got their own space, shared with nobody – not younger kids, not older adults. The Loft is their lounge with big-screen TV, music videos, Internet access, video games and karaoke. A private passageway leads upstairs to The Oasis – a teen-only tropical-styled sundeck with a 9-foot waterfall, pool, dance area with hi-tech sound system and laser lighting, and all sorts of special activities.

Club HAL now offers a “Club HAL After Hours” program. On specified evenings Club HAL is open at night allowing parents some “time out” from their kids. It’s a great opportunity for Pinnacle Grill dining, after dinner dancing or cocktails, or maybe an elegant dinner on the balcony?

Depending on your cruise, shore excursions are available for kids that take them on hikes, treasure hunts, bike rides, and cultural excursions. For Caribbean cruises that call on Half Moon Cay, Holland America’s private isle beach resort in the Bahamas, there’s horseback riding, a “Stingray Adventure,” an AquaTrax® guided tour, and an Aqua Park with water slides – all holding special appeal to kids!

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